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West Michigan Jewels of Africa (WMJOA) Traditional African Dance and Drum Troop is a family affair based organization located in the greater West Michigan, Grand Rapids area. WMJOA entertains and educates while bringing black history to life.

WMJOA three generation of members came together to enjoy performing and teaching the authentic West African through motion, song, dance and spirit in 2002. The Founding members of WMJOA resided and studied this art in Atlanta, Ga with the Uhuru Dancers. When visiting in Michigan the troop Jewel's of Africa would teach the local youth at Seidman Cente

Traditional African drum and dance is family- oriented social entertainment. This traditional art form provides knowledge of history through narratives, song, dance and drum. WMJOA high energy participatory performances, and workshops are presented with traditional African wear. This is a family activity for all ages 0-99 and up. The songs are performed and taught in the including the vibrant heartbeat of the drums. WMJOA creates a of unity and respect which strengthens communities and family bonds.

WMJOA is committed to cultural entertainment, by teaching traditional West African culture through motion song dance and spirit. Our educational entertainment on traditional West African involves: dance, drum, vocal classes, field-trips, workshops, costume design, residencies, lecture, demonstration, performances and concerts.


WMJOA prides itself in teaching traditional African culture thru motion. This educational art form is taught thru traditional dance, drumming, song and spirit.

The entertainment is presented in the traditional clothing of the African culture and the songs are taught in the traditional language. This is a revival for the respect of the village (your community). We are aiming to unite and enhance the respect for all ethnicities. This high- energy interactive entertainment creates life long bonds that unite the community thru the love of the culture and the heartbeat of the drums. This social art form of dance is a fun way to exercise, that builds self esteem and enriches life while acquiring the knowledge of the West African traditions that have been passed down by the Groits (oral historians). We teach all ages, zero to ninety-nine+.

Babba Z and Momma Jewel the elders of the group teach of history that incorporates examples of unity and respect which strengthens family and community bonds. The senior drummer/ dancer Bro. Jewelian Robertson along with Bro. Donte Richardson fascinate the audience with their beats and enthusiasm for their craft. The junoir and babies (dancer and drummers) in this group melt the hearts of the audience as they are eager to show their peers and admirers what they know about the village

WMJOA offers: Dance, Drum, Craft, singing workshops, costume design, residencies, lecture demonstration, family reunion performances and more. We customize your event specific to your needs.


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1541 Eastern Ave Se.

Grand Rapids, Mi. 49507

Jewellynne Richardson

(616) 633-8148